In order to avert flooding, a team of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in collaboration with some National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) members in Osun State, have taken to the street to sensitize the public on the need to take proactive measures to avoiding flooding.
The youth corps members’ who were volunteers under the Emergency Management Vanguard (EMV) from Olorunda and Osogbo Local Government areas moved through the major streets of Osogbo, the state capital to the market, distributing flyers and refuse bags calling on the people to desist from dumping refuse in the waterways.
They said it is necessary to make the traders know the need to prepare and protect the environment so as to avoid loss of life and property.
On how to maintain most drainages and water ways across Osun state, the officer from NEMA, Yusuf Oluwamayowa said government would continue to dredge the waterways to allow free flow of water to avoid flooding.
The regular sight of most of the waterways and drainage in major parts of Osogbo, are not looking good as heap of refuse block the water from flowing.
The need to address this trend to avoid the adverse effects it poses particularly when the rains come, brought the youth corps members to serve under the emergency.
The Osun State Government had in 2011 embarked on massive dredging of drainages and waterways after a major flood disaster swept off homes and lives were lost, but from the look of the waterways and drainages now, there is need to work on them once again to avoid a repeat of such occurrence.